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Railways is looking to have 151 high-speed private trains operational by 2023. As only a small number of passenger trains remain operational because of Covid-19, the excess rail network capacity has allowed the national transporter to scale up the freight business.
Days after the Indian Railways created history by joining three trains carrying more than 1,500 tonnes in an 'Anaconda' formation, the Indian Railways broke its own record by operating 'Shesh Naag', a 2.8-km-long freight train amalgamating four empty BOXN rakes.
The move by the Railways to privatise 151 trains on 109 routes has been criticised by opposition parties which have alleged that the poor people's lifeline was being taken away. Railway Board Chairperson VK Yadav said only 5 per cent of the trains are being given to private operators while 95 per cent of them will be run by the railways on the fare structure fixed by the national transporter.
The Rs 81,000 crore Dedicated Freight Corridor, which is the Railways' single-largest developmental project currently underway, consists of the Eastern DFC, a 1,839-km freight line from Ludhiana in Punjab to Dankuni near Kolkata, West Bengal, and the 1483-km WDFC or western corridor connecting India's capital Delhi and its economic hub Mumbai.
Indian Railways had begun limited operations for long-distance trains. But frequency of trains between Howrah and Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad were reduced from daily to weekly on the request of West Bengal government, a railway official said.
The decision on whether to charge passengers for these services will rest with the private parties, officials said. In the document, it has said that bidders based on their financial capacity, will be required to offer share in the gross revenue at the request for proposal (RFP) stage for undertaking the project.
“Helping approximately 6.3 million migrant workers get home safely, and expeditiously, was necessary to save India from a huge humanitarian crisis,” said the report published by Milind Sohoni and Vijaya Sunder M, Professors at Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.
According to the report, the trains from Delhi to other destinations include — New Delhi-Amritsar, New Delhi-Chandigarh, Sarai Rohilla-Porbandar, Delhi-Bhagalpur and Old Delhi- Ferozepur, among others. The proposed trains to Delhi, on the other hand, include those from Jodhpur, Kamakhya(Guwahati), Dibrugarh, Gorakhpur, Indore, Muzaffarpur, etc.
The Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation Limited (DFCCIL), the implementing agency of the project, has till now managed to get back 7,000 labourers, taking the number of workers at sites to 22,000 from 15,000.
A BDU would comprise a chief freight transportation manager and three members who would initiate steps to attract new streams of traffic by interacting with industry and also explore the possibility of attracting additional freight traffic, the release said.
Mangu Singh, DMRC’s managing director talks about how hard the pandemic will hit the corporation and the public transportation system, in general. As the country goes through a phased opening now, there is still no clarity on when the transportation lifeline of the National Capital Region will be allowed to restart operations.
Of 27.06 million tonne, 16.14 mt are of indigenous coal from Odisha's Talcher area and 10.92 mt of imported coal from different ports under ECoR jurisdiction were transported to various power houses and industries across the country.
Last month, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) scrapped the Rs 500 crore contract for sourcing 10 rakes for the Jacob Circle-Wadala-Chembur monorail project wherein two Chinese firms had expressed their interest to supply the rakes, stating that the companies were "dictating" terms.